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All of you are familiar with some of the regulatory requirements that
affect your practice, as identified by their acronyms and initials:
HIPAA, CMS, CoPs,PQRS, SCIP, ACO, HCAHPS. For hospital-based practices,
there are now two additional “ingredients” in our regulatory alphabet
soup that will require your attention: OPPE and FPPE.
Historically, hospital medical staff appointments and reappointments
have been primarily a subjective process, where the clinical chief
signed off on credential/privilege requests, perceived competencies and
The Joint Commission and other accrediting bodies and payers have
established more stringent guidelines for the ongoing evaluation of
medical staff members. The Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation
(OPPE) and Focused
Professional Practice Evaluation (FPPE) are now becoming part of every
hospitalbased anesthesia practice’s routine. These evaluations are
expected to occur on a regular basis and serve as the key component to
the hospital reappointment process.
In adopting the Accreditation Council for Graduate...
The Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services (CMS) has been encouraging the growth of accountable
care organizations (ACOs) and other integrated models under the impetus
of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Federal Trade Commission (FTC),
on the other hand, remains fiercely protective of competition. If
competitors coalesce into a single large organization, there will be
The ACA provides that
“nothing [in the legislation] shall be construed to modify, impair or
supersede the operation of the antitrust laws.” In October 2011 the FTC
jointly with the Department of Justice issued its Final Statement of Antitrust Enforcement Policy Regarding Accountable Care Organizations—following, but not allaying, much criticism of the corresponding proposed rule.
The tension between the two
drives, integration versus competition, has increased steadily since the
passage of the ACA. A recent and unusual FTC decision to go to court
to block the acquisition of a medical group by a hospital...
For the last several months the literature on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) has flourished. So has the volume of workshops, seminars and webinars, all with the intent of educating providers on what the future will look like, and many addressing how physicians might participate. Independent anesthesia groups are trying to not only understand the ACO rules but are also working hard to determine how they will function in any of the possible structures that emerge in their communities.There are various traditional obstacles to the formation of multispecialty groups, such as those posed by the antitrust and antikickback laws. The Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act calls upon the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to adopt regulations that will foster the development of ACOs, and that includes resolving potential conflicts between the antitrust, antikickback and Stark laws and the efficiencies expected to result from the formation of ACOs.Given that...
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Have you and your group been thinking about how to grow your practice? The trend toward anesthesia practice consolidation continues its momentum. Not only do groups seek more and more opportunities to merge, to acquire other groups and to join larger organizations; they are an increasingly attractive acquisition target.Mark Weiss, Esq.’s article “The Company Model of Anesthesia Services: Will Less Money Lead to Jail Time?” is an excellent review of the development of the troublesome “company model” as well an explanation of the associated compliance issues that you don’t have to be a lawyer to understand.For a different perspective, consider AAA Executive Committee member Franc Galinanes’s article “Anesthesia: The Increasing Consolidation of Our Industry.” As a Senior Director for North American Partners in Anesthesia, Mr. Galinanes is in a good position to discuss the advantages of the three major types of consolidation: practice mergers, joining a larger organization and sale to...
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Written by: Neda Mirafzali, Esq Kathryn Hickner-Cruz, EsqThe Health Law Partners, P.C., Southfield, MISince the passage of the Affordable Care Act1 and the establishment of the Medicare Shared Savings Program (the “Shared Savings Program”), ACOs have become the new hot topic.Section 3022 of the Affordable Care Act provides that Medicare shall establish the Shared Savings Program and that healthcare providers and suppliers will participate in the Shared Savings Program through ACOs. According to CMS, “ACOs create incentives for healthcare providers to work together to treat an individual patient across care settings – including doctor’s offices, hospitals, and long-term care facilities. The Shared Savings Program will reward ACOs that lower growth in healthcare costs while meeting performance standards on quality of care and putting patients first.”2 If an ACO saves money by providing patients with efficient care, then the ACOs can share in a percentage of the savings with Medicare. However, should an ACO fail...
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